Day: October 26, 2009

Soft Power Fiddling Meets Open-Throat Singing: Big Goings-On in New York

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Chinese Avant-Garde / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / Music / U.S.-China Relations

Yesterday the Sunday New York Times suddenly became worth its asking price of $6 by carrying a large advertisement laying out the immense variety of China-related musical activites going on in Manhattan this week.  In effect, the PRC is taking over the beating heart of the classical music world, with the exception of the Metropolitan Opera, an institution which has already lionized Placido Domingo as Qin Shihuangdi.  For East Asia’s biggest country, whose cultural ensembles […]